William Frederick Nicholson

William Frederick Nicholson

STOUGHTON-William Frederick Nicholson, age 80, of Stoughton, died on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. Bill was born on Dec. 30, 1931, the second son of Gerald and Grace (Taylor) Nicholson of Blooming Grove. Bill married his high school sweetheart Carolyn Jean Nelson on March 20, 1954, in Deerfield. He graduated from Deerfield High School in 1950, and joined the U.S. Army serving in Anchorage, Ala. Bill worked for MG&E then Sears as a service technician. He was a strong and caring man who helped all and anyone who asked. Bill could build or fix anything; if given an idea or task, he would exceed your expectations. He was a student all his life. Bill enjoyed showing people the joy he found in mechanical items, but his true passions (besides his family) were steam trains and antique gas engines. He was the engineer of the “Round About The House Railroad”. Many people came from far and wide to take a ride on or just look at his steam engine. He was featured in an article in the Capital Times that was picked by the Associated Press and read from coast to coast. Bill enjoyed a good joke and his laughter could lighten up a room. He loved Carolyn and their kids, Janice, Rosalie, and Steven. He had a huge extended family through his many friends he met at engine shows around the Midwest. His love affair with his wife covered their over 58 years of marriage and beyond. Their steadfast love is a wonderful example for their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Bill is survived by his wife, Carolyn of Stoughton; daughters, Janice (James) Bradley of Madison and Rosalie Sherwood of Sheboygan; son, Steven (Georgean) Nicholson of Stoughton; eight grandchildren, Hannah and Sarah Bradley, Holly, Joshua (Jill), Amanda, and Jonathan Swangstu, Alicyn and William Nicholson; three great-grandchildren, Isabel, Shiyanne, and Kaia; close family friends, Ron and Linda Hanson of Janesville; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by brothers-in-law, William (Norma) and David (Ruth) Nelson. Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas.

A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held at a later date. Bill’s family would like to thank the staff of Nazareth Health and Rehabilitation Center for their care and compassion.